Pincourt sports arena sale on again
Judge questions motives of legal challenge
The decade old sports complex project seemed to be heading for a happy ending last year when Pincourt officials signed a long-term lease and service agreement with members of Groupe Thibault, Rhéaume et Associés.
The Thibault team, which included president Jocelyn Thibault, Stephen Cabana and Benoît Goulet, said they would finish the abandoned building located at the corner of Fifth Ave. and Pincourt Blvd.
The group had aimed for a Sept. 1, 2014 open-
The Pincourt arena sale will go ahead and construction on the project will resume.
he decision was announced earlier this month after a Superior Court judge rejected a bid to block the sale of the troubled arena.
In her decision, Superior Court judge Danielle Mayrand said the legal challenge brought by a company owned by NHL player Alex Burrows and Pincourt resident Paul Roy sought to block competition for their own Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot sports complex.
The challenge was based on the belief the sale was illegal.
The town and the company formed by Burrows and Roy, 8280959 Canada Inc., terminated negotiations to have their company revive the long troubled sports complex in Pincourt in 2012.
Pincourt officials released a statement in January, 2013, expressing “surprise” that an agreement in principal had been reached with Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot and the group headed by Burrows for the construction of another sport complex in that town. ing date.
The more than $5-million sports complex was first slated to be built in 2003 by a non-profit corporation which later declared bankruptcy and pulled out altogether when building costs exceeded their expectations.
A long legal battle involving the town, the contractor, the bank and others ended when the Quebec Superior Court ordered the building sold and all profits dispersed to anyone owed money. With no one interested in buying the quickly deteriorating building, the town eventually bought the land instead.
Groupe Thibault feels the latest legal decision, which could be appealed, means the project was on the right track.
In the meantime, construction on the project, which was ceased in February after a judge issued an injunction during the legal challenge, can go ahead.
What is clear is that the arena opening will be delayed as a result of the legal action.
Groupe Thibault had hoped to open the arena in September, to coincide with the school year. The complex will work with area schools to offer Sport Etude programs.
The latest legal challenge to block the sale and refurbishment of the Pincourt Sports Complex was shot down. Construction could resume soon.